Padres Prospect Report: September 5, 2009

Brett Dowdy and Mike Baxter lead Portland to the winner's circle. Will Inman is solid until the sixth. Luis Martinez drives in a run for the seventh straight game. Vince Belnome is en fuego while Erik Davis continues to pile up wins. Ryan Hinson and Al Angelucci have nights to forget.

Portland (58-83) won 5-4 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Brett Dowdy had a pair of hits in four at-bats, smacking his third homer of the season in the eighth inning – a shot that broke a 3-3 tie. The utility man also scored a pair of runs. Dowdy extended his hitting streak to eight games and his .240 average is the highest it has been since June 14. Dowdy is 12-for-26 over the streak with four runs scored and three extra base hits.

Mike Baxter was the only other player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI while playing first base. He has reached base in 17 straight games, collecting a hit in 14 of those contests. Baxter has 19 hits and 14 walks over that span and has notched an RBI in five of his last six games, plating six over that time. He is hitting .321 across two leagues this season.

San Antonio (29-40, 68-70) lost 3-1 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Will Inman posted blanks over the first five frames before yielding three runs over the next inning and two-thirds, taking the loss. He yielded five hits in total and four walks across 6.2 innings, leaving with the bases juiced. In 15 starts, Inman has allowed just 10 runs over the first three innings for an ERA of 2.00 in those frames. From the fourth inning on, Inman has posted a 5.26 ERA.

Stephen Faris came on with the bases full and stranded all three inherited runners with a fly out. He then worked a scoreless eighth. Faris has stranded 12 of the 17 base runners he has inherited on the season. The right-hander has notched a 3.38 ERA across 21 relief appearances after posting a 5.06 mark in 16 starts. He has given up four hits in 16 at-bats with the bases loaded this season, holding the opposition to a .211 on-base percentage in those situations.

Lake Elsinore (34-34, 73-65) won 4-2 over San Jose (Giants)

Luis Martinez collected two hits in three trips, the lone player to collect a multi-hit game. He also notched an RBI. The backstop pushed his hitting streak to 11 games and has moved his RBI streak to seven straight contests. Martinez has notched 12 RBI over his last seven, accounting for 30 percent of his season total. The catcher has also thrown out 35.8 percent of the runners attempting to steal on him this year.

Jeremy Hefner earned his 14th win of the season, giving up two runs on seven hits while not walking a batter across eight innings. He struck out five and both runs came via solo homers. The right-hander also notched 10 ground ball outs, including three double play grounders. It was the first time this year he has given up multiple homers in a game and the third time he has secured multiple rally killers in a single contest.

Fort Wayne (47-20, 92-46) won 7-1 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Vince Belnome pounded out a pair of hits, including his third double in the Midwest League and drove in three to pace the TinCaps. He also stole home as part of a double steal in the sixth. The infielder has notched a hit in all seven games he has started and is 11-for-23 with Fort Wayne with a .556 on-base percentage. Belnome left the Northwest League second in on-base percentage.

Erik Davis picked up his 16th win of the season, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while hitting a batter across five innings. The right-hander induced six ground ball outs and fanned five. It was the fifth straight winning decision for Davis. He has allowed seven runs on 19 hits across that span of 26 innings, striking out 29. Davis is 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA since the All-Star break.

Nick Greenwood made his Midwest League debut after winning the ERA crown in the Northwest League. The left-hander worked a scoreless frame, walking one and netting three ground outs. Greenwood held the ERA title with a 1.71 mark – the closest competitor sits at 2.38. He has given up one earned run over his last 14.2 innings across two leagues and has held left-handed hitters to a .151 average.

Eugene (33-42) lost 14-7 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Nate Freiman hit his 10th homer of the year, a two-run blast in the opening frame. The first baseman went 2-for-5 on the night with two runs scored, pushing his Northwest League leading RBI total to 64. Freiman is also tied for second in the circuit in homers and paces the league with 32 extra base hits. He has logged seven extra base hits in his last nine games and has 15 first-inning RBI – the most he has logged in any inning.

Ryan Hinson blew up to the tune of seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk across an inning-plus of work. He worked to four batters to begin his second inning and all would reach and score. The left-hander has allowed 10 runs on eight hits and four walks across his last inning and two-thirds. He has also seen 19 men reach base in his last six frames. Hinson has given up runs in 10 of his 12 relief appearances with the Emeralds.

Al Angelucci was tagged for four runs on five hits and two walks across an inning and one-third. The right-hander also tossed a wild pitch and allowed two homers. Both runners he inherited on the day came around to score. It was the second time this year he has given up multiple homers in a game, accounting for four of the five bombs he has allowed all year. Half of the 12 runners he has inherited on the season have come around to score. Angelucci has given up runs in eight of his last 10 outings.

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